Monday, October 4, 2010

Mom, Is That Mastectomy With An "M"???

Before going further, I must issue a statement to my daughter.

Sweet Ker-bear, I hope you don't mind that I share your story. It is too cute for words. I know you possess an incredible ability to laugh at yourself so I feel certain you will approve of my decision to share. Thank you for the laughter! Love, Mom





My diagnosis came on a Thursday evening. I didn't share the news with Keri until Saturday. Those were two REALLY long days. I refused to tell her over the phone and there was no chance to make the 3-hour drive to Georgia until Saturday. My mom, sister and I drove to Athens and broke the news. As expected, tears were shed and many questions were posed. But Keri is her mother's daughter. It wasn't long before she found a way to deal...to do her own compartmentalizing and strategizing. She began writing (yes, my baby girl has her very own blog) and set about training for 5k races to support Breast Cancer Awareness. It's her way of being proactive...of doing something.

Several weeks later, the news that had rocked our worlds had settled into the role of old news. Keri was home for a visit and we were sharing idle chit-chat. It was during this time I had one of the best giggles of my life. This is the jest of the story she shared...

Keri is like me in more ways than one. One particular trait we share is being Chatty Cathy's. We share what's on our minds with any and all who will listen. Talking is our therapy. We are open books. When she was in the early stages of processing the ugliness of the "c" stuff, she was telling numerous friends at school all about my diagnosis. She told them I would receive 6 months of chemo and would then receive a full vasectomy...

Uhhh, yep, my girl got the slicing and dicing of certain body parts mixed up! She had me slated to undergo a procedure I don't think I'm equipped to receive. The best part of the story is she shared this with several people before someone finally corrected her. All I can say is she now knows the difference between the snipping and clipping of one body part and the removal of another...she now knows it's mastectomy with an "M"!!!

22 comments:

  1. That is an easy mistake to make. The two words are too much alike, it could happen to anyone! Actually, I can see myself doing that, so tell Kerri I can relate. Glad to see you are posting more...I hope that means thing are doing well and you feel good. xoxo-Kim

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  2. LOL Laughter is always the best medicine. :)

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  3. Oh I love that story Lisa!! Thinking of you and sending many hugs and prayers!

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  4. HAHAHHAAHA, what a fab story...laughter can certainly bring light to many things....Hugs and prayers to you my friend :}

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  5. That is an awesome story and that you and Keri both can still laugh even though you have tough times aghead of you!! May the Lord give you both the strength to endure what each day holds. And the best thing you can do is take one day at a time! The Lord is with you every step of the way! Take care and you both keep smiling! Prayers and Love, Lora Morgan (Zion Hill)

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  6. hehehehehehe...she has her mama's sense of humor! LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE it! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

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  7. Karyn Buckner GarvinOctober 4, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    too cute !!!! Thank you for sharing this piece of sunshine that is your daughter !!!

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  8. Oh, I laughed out loud! That's so funny!

    Just stopping by to say hello - Karen at Time Crafted linked to your blog. I had my own vasectomy...I mean, mastectomy...several years ago. Best wishes to you in the days ahead!

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  9. seriously, if the rest of the world could have your perspective on things i might actually like more people. ;)

    sincerely yours,
    h.b.

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  10. Oh Lisa.....you are my Princess....thank you for sharing this story with us!

    Keri is so precious and I give her super kudos for stepping up and being proactive!!

    Hey she had the "ectomy" part right!!!! Love you girlie...more than you will ever know!!!

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  11. HA! That sounds like something I would do. Prayers and hugs to you my dear!

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  12. That is way fun!Love how you tell us that story! Bet all those people were just to kind for your daughter to correct her!!She's so sweet and precious to be so proactive!
    Take good care Lisa!Laughter is so needed!

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  13. Have I told you how much I love you!!!! The prayer you said for me while we were on the phone touched my heart!!!! You are my rock and inspiration!!!

    We will get through all of this and then I suggest and long visit or possibly a tropical island!!!

    Call me when you have a chance!!!! MUWAHHHHHHH!!!!

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  14. Laughter is often times the best medicine! Hang in there girl! {thanks for the bday wishes!!! you are the best!}

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  15. Such a great story! thanks so much for sharing...laughter is definitely the best medicine!

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  16. Sandi thought that a few extra friends rooting for you might be welcome, so I came to let you know she has lots of us thinking about you right now.

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  17. There is nothing like a daughter to get you through the good and bad times!

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  18. great story... it's good to know the difference... lol!!! {{hugs&prayers}} Michelle

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  19. LOL - great story! I love your positive attitude! My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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  20. Funny. Hang in there Lisa!!! I am praying for you every day!

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